How Children’s Book Illustrators Create Lively Effects

How Children’s Book Illustrators Create Lively Effects

childrens-book-illustrationDrawing & illustrating pictures for children’s story books is a great skill. Illustrators create deep effects to make the illustrations meaningful. Through using various media & techniques they are able to capture little minds and take them on an imaginative journey! Children’s illustrators are able to attract children through the use of their colors and drawings to make reading interesting.  The main target is to inspire the generations to come, building a liking to read and to venture into a land of imagination.

Some specific ideas  lead every illustrator to choose a different drawing style that is most fitting in his/her view. The diversity that comes up as the result of different ideas and approaches make the children’s books more interesting for little minds.


Deep Relation of Story and Illustration

You are drawn to pick any brightly illustrated children’s books and look at the pictures in it. The style choice of the illustrator creates certain effects about the story; they both become linked to one another in a way that when you remember the story, automatically you imagine the pictures seen.  On the other hand if you see any picture drawn in the same style somewhere else, you immediately remember the whole story illustrated in the same style. Have a look at the illustrations of “Winnie the Pooh” to get a clear idea of how a link between illustrations and stories is maintained:


Making Illustrations Expressive

Illustrators work hard to make the illustrations “speak”. They go deep in the idea of the story and use their skills to highlight the theme. It is not an easy job! It is the dedication and strong belief about painting and coloring in the heart of an illustrator that keeps them trying to touch perfection. Illustrations that can tell the story without read almost! Consider the illustrations of “Marigold”, you will find them highly communicative.


Being Skillful

Illustrating children books is a remarkable skill. It is difficult to meet the standards of a child (they can be the hardest critic of all) and come to the level of their understanding; likes and dislikes. Keeping their interest intact in reading, and maintaining their concentration is mostly through illustrations and here lies the dexterity of an illustrator as you can see in the book “Gripper Slipper”.


The Unique World of Children

Children stories are quite different from other literature as you find inanimate things like stones, trees, chairs, etc have human qualities. An illustrator has to be clever enough to imagine themselves in the place of inanimate objects and create lively effects in their illustrations, for example like in “Beauty and the Beast”.


Children’s illustrators with the passage of time have faced tough challenges while drawing and painting but with their determination to illustrate impressive pictures they have touched the sky of aptness in their illustrations. Generations since the dawn of the history owe to the artists and illustrators who bring literature to life for them when it is tough and boring for the young minds to read and just read without illustrations.


Now children from a very tender age to grownups can find countless books which are gaily illustrated and hard to resist. The contributors to the children’s books illustrations have not saved a single effort to make the books appealing to the children and adults equally intriguing.

If you are interested in getting a children’s Book created you can visit my ‘Children’s Book Illustration‘ page.

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  • "Sarah quickly understood what I wanted to achieve and the look I was after. Sarah kept me informed and brought me into the whole process” – Darron Jon Love

  • "The logos are absolutely fantastic, they are spot on brief and are even better than we imagined!Paolo Pini, Step Up To Languages

  • "I am absolutely thrilled with the colours and love the look and overall feel of the book, its so different and unique, thank you so much"
  • “I was so nervous ringing you as i've never done anything like this before, but you were so friendly and put me completely at ease.” - Donna Purvis

  • "Sarah is amazing - very fast at understanding the requirements, great pictures and never too much trouble. I recommend her wholeheartedly" - Fernando Caldeira-Saraiva
  • "WOW! Love it! I'm so happy with what you've produced- and with so little input from me. FANTASTIC!!! THANK YOU” - Darren Pascoe: 'Red Rabbit Book'

  • Sarah is professional, friendly and very knowledgeable, she delivered 100% with a new logo that was spot on! We can't recommend her enough!” - Lucy @ Get Active

  • "She has a keen eye for the quirky detail, she is punctual and a joy to work with. I simply cannot praise her enough.” - Clickety Books

  • "I can’t speak highly enough of Sarah! She has brought Roopert Snoopert to life in a way I could never have imagined.
    The illustrations are fantastic! Sarah keeps you update with progress from the draft stage right through to sign off." - Paul Micklewright
  • “Books arrived safely today- I am absolutely delighted with how they look – I can’t thank you enough – you’ve made my dream come true :)” – Jane Collins

  • “Sarah was lovely to work with and keen to make sure that the illustrations were a perfect match for the story. It’s obvious that she really cares about her work and wants you, the author, to be happy with the final results.” – Marion Adams

  • Sarah has a great insight into how to best produce a children’s book and is really helpful in getting you there! I really cannot recommend Sarah enough – brilliant designer, friendly and professional. The experience has been a great one!“ – Jodie Jackson
  • “Sarah’s advice has been invaluable, she could have just illustrated my first attempt but knew there was more to be had from the story and pointed me towards the right help." – Darron Jon Love

  • Sarah really understood the brief right from the beginning and has been able to translate my ideas and mental images, that at times were quite specific, into magical illustrations that are better than I’d ever hoped. She has absolutely nailed it!” – Gareth Edwards

  • "Sarah understood what I was looking for and produced a fantastic logo for me.  She is very approachable and friendly – I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her” Katie Jarvis, Fancy Prints

  • "I hope my recommendation will persuade you to use Sarah! I cannot fault her, for her professionalism, enthusiasm and talent." - Michelle Hawkins, Director: The Flying DoDo

  • "Sarah loves her work, her friendly ‘can do’ approach is reassuring whether you’re on your first or tenth book."  – Darron Jon Love
  • "Outstanding illustrator with exceptional talent. You couldn’t wish for a better artist, as it would be impossible to find. Such a spectacular gifted designer who is always happy!" - Rachel Lake

  • “Thank you, Sarah, for the amazing work you did on the illustrations for my book. Working with you has been so easy thanks to your enthusiasm, flexibility, support, professionalism and, of course, the amazing quality of your work." – Stuart Neath

  • “Sarah’s re-branding of my business has given it a much needed fresh and quirky feel. She provided us with an extremely friendly courteous and efficient service and injected an energy into the project, that only Sarah could.” – Discovery Leisure

  • "Thank you both so much for your hard work and dedication. Sarah is a fantastic illustrator! It is nice to know I have worked with someone who is so professional at her job, and will certainly remember her for the future if I need another book illustrating."
  • Sarah is an extremely talented designer and illustrator. She has that rare gift of being able to find something in your business or character that you never knew existed" Craig Green

  • “I am so happy that I found Sarah to bring my book to life. Sarah took the time to listen and really made the effort to make sure that I was happy and her brilliant designs translated the words of my book into a beautiful visual story." - Jodie Jackson

  • "It's been great working with Sarah as our illustrator! She's been so great in taking all feedback on board and delivers work of the highest standard. Would 100% recommend :-)" - Michelle Gibbs, Doodle Dozen Series
  • "These posters and flyers are perfect”
    - Julia G, Manager at the Truro branch of Pets at Home

  • “When we first contacted Sarah, Dainty Dizzy was a concept;  an idea to be shaped into a brand.  Sarah took this idea and illustrated it perfectly….and our brand look and feel was born.” – Dainty Dizzy